re·​source | \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce resource (audio) , -ˌzȯrs, ri-ˈsȯrs, -ˈzȯrs \

Definition of resource

1a : a source of supply or support : an available means usually used in plural
b : a natural source of wealth or revenue often used in plural
c : a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life
d : computable wealth usually used in plural
e : a source of information or expertise
2 : something to which one has recourse in difficulty : expedient
3 : a possibility of relief or recovery
4 : a means of spending one's leisure time
5 : an ability to meet and handle a situation : resourcefulness

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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Examples of resource in a Sentence

Oil is essentially their only resource. The computer laboratory is an essential resource for students.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather, at this point in its history, the nation should take stock of its unique geostrategic location in the northern, resource-rich portion of the Western Hemisphere, separated from the vicissitudes of the Eurasian landmass by two broad oceans. Jerry Hendrix, National Review, "Why America Must Be a Sea Power," 13 May 2021 Meat production is also the most resource-intensive form of agriculture. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Air pollution from farms leads to 17,900 US deaths per year, study finds," 11 May 2021 To have monetary sovereignty a country must issue its own currency, avoid tying the value of that currency to a limited resource (like gold) and only borrow money in its own currency. Danielle Seurkamp, Forbes, "When Should We Start Worrying About Deficit Spending?," 28 Apr. 2021 Time is the foundation of gender clinics that subscribe to a resource-intensive process. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Transgender kids face difficult road," 25 Apr. 2021 Observers long believed that China’s Xinjiang region accounted for a large portion of Bitcoin mining, a resource-intensive computing process for making new coins of the digital currency. Fortune, "The U.S. and China are climate frenemies—and maybe that’s OK," 22 Apr. 2021 For decades, biologists have puzzled over the apparent wastefulness of this arrangement: Why would natural selection allow a crucial, resource-intensive feature of mammalian life to be so seemingly inefficient? Quanta Magazine, "New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer," 8 Apr. 2021 The Philippines regards the resource-rich chain of islands, islets and atolls as part of its western province of Palawan., "Philippine defense chief in verbal tussle with China on reef," 3 Apr. 2021 Land also is a limited resource, making many goals unrealistic. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Carbon Capture Is Key to Companies’ Net Zero Pledges," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of resource

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for resource

French ressource, from Old French ressourse relief, resource, from resourdre to relieve, literally, to rise again, from Latin resurgere — more at resurrection

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The first known use of resource was circa 1611

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18 May 2021

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“Resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resource

: something that a country has and can use to increase its wealth
: a supply of something (such as money) that someone has and can use when it is needed
: a place or thing that provides something useful


re·​source | \ ˈrē-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce resource (audio) \

Kids Definition of resource

1 resources plural : a usable stock or supply (as of money or products)
3 : the ability to meet and deal with situations

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